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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  130 reviews
The Daughter’s Tale is immersive, both heartbreaking and redemptive, steeped in harrowing historical events and heroic acts of compassion that will have you reflecting on the best and worst the human heart has to offer. Fans of WWII history and book clubs will find depth and skillful storytelling here, but on a deeper level, searing questions about life, love, and the cho ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Atria Books
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Angela M
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Horrible things happened during WWII as we know. Books were burned. Jews arrested. Millions were killed. Children were separated from their parents sometimes initiated by mothers and fathers in efforts to save their children. In this story, based on true events, a small village is destroyed with almost no survivors. This novel reflects the strength of the people in the French resistance and tells the story of difficult decisions a mother makes to save her children. Memories are pushed back and a ...more
Katie B
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know it's only January but I have a feeling this could end up being my favorite historical fiction read of 2019. This book gripped me pretty darn near close to the start and didn't let up until the last page. I highly recommend this one even if you feel like you have read one too many WW2 historical fiction books. It's worth reading.

Eighty year old Elise Duvall has been living in New York for the past seven decades when she receives quite a shock. A woman has contacted her and wants to deliver
Elyse Walters
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amanda and Julius Sternberg were soon to be first time parents to a baby girl they would name Viera in 1933.
They owned a book store in Charlottenberg, Germany. Amanda was supposed to get rid of all the books that were considered offensive, unpatriotic, or not sufficiently German. The intention was to eliminate all Jewishness from the printed universe.

Julius had just started a new medical practice which was growing nicely.
Amanda ran the bookshop.
Bookshelves were piled high with Amanda brother’
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Multitudes of families were decimated or shattered by the holocaust. Based on a true story, this is a fictionalized account of one of them. We bear witness to a mother’s anguish and desperation as she tries to save her two daughters. Substitute families, in various forms, are constructed in order to survive and the outcome is nothing short of astonishingly miraculous. One of the most traumatic scenes occurs as the villagers of Oradour-Sur-Glane are savagely slaughtered and the town annihilated. ...more

Like his ‘The German Girl’ this story includes the historic voyage of the S.S. St. Louis which left Germany with the intention to deliver these passengers, most all of whom were Jewish, to Cuba. Political issues prevailed upon their arrival, and a small handful of passengers were allowed to disembark, taking a smaller boat to come ashore in Cuba, but the rest were turned away.

The release of ‘The German Girl’ brought forth survivors who shared their personal stories with Correa, and out of t
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.

A powerful book of the Holocaust, from the perspective of a young girl. Heart wrenching in the honest examination of lives forever changed by the brutality of the war. And yet through it all love, hope, and determination survive.
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
I loved “The German Girl” by this author and was excited to read his new novel. From reading the blurb for this book I was hoping that there would be more and continued events and stories from people aboard the St. Louis. This is the ill fated ship that carried German Jewish families who had some funds hoping to land in Cuba. Unfortunately by the time the ship lands the Cuban officials refuse most of the passengers for political reasons and only a handful are allowed to disembark. This sent the ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lor-2019
Thoughts soon.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good historical novel, such as this one, enables to see events through the eyes of the characters we have gotten to know on the pages. This makes the facts laid out on a dry history text become more vivid and involves our emotional reactions.

I became informed about two events with which I was unfamiliar. I had not heard or read about the massacre by the Nazis of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France, 1944. Six hundred forty-two men, women and children were slaughtered.

I knew of the sh
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own .

I loved this but wasn't in love with it.
The author has a lovely style of writing and the imagery created was beautiful/haunting/horrifying.

A powerful story in a quiet way.. if that makes sense? Another piece of history I now know about that I had no clue of before.

I enjoyed (right word?) Lina's story. It broke my heart quite a few times, the ending especially touching.

Wish I had loved this more (
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Thank you to @atriabooks and @dtrocker for this review copy! 🐝 Good grief what a read! I have spent the last few hours with “, The Daughter’s Tale,” by Armando Lucas Correa. @armandocorrea has weaved a heart-wrenching tale of a family’s struggle during WWII . This novel will linger with me for a long time. The terror that so many people lived through during the occupation is brought vividly to life in these pages. The torment of their minds can be felt pal
Jessica Sorentino
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, drama
When you think about the millions of people who were effected by the Holocaust and World War II, it's no wonder that historical fiction novels continue to count the tales of the time period. This particular one (out Summer 2019, read early for work purposes) is about a German Jewish family, and how a mother must pick the lesser of two evils and either abandon her daughters to save them, or keep them with her as a family and risk being taken to a concentration camp. I absolutely couldn't put this ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was this book as good as Lilac Girls or The Nightingale? No, but it was a good read. The Daughter's Tale tells the story of one daughter's trials and travels as she struggles to grow up and survive WWII. While there is certainly atrocity in the book, there is also humanity and kindness, which helps the reader get through the difficult sections.

As a reader, I enjoyed the main part of the book, sections 2-5, but I did not like sections one and six as much. I understand why those sections were nece
Bev Walkling
I've just had the privilege of reading The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa. It is due to be published on May 7th, 2019. #NetGalley #TheDaughtersTale

Many thanks to #NetGalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read an advanced readers's copy in exchange for an honest review.

I believe it is very important to read books that tell the stories of those who lived during the era of the rise of Fascism, the second World War, and the time afterwards. They have much to teach us and are still very
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, historical, war
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

New York, 2015: 80-year-old Elise Duval receives a phone call from a woman who has recently arrived from Cuba. The woman has letters written to Elise by her mother in German from WW2, unravelling secrets that have been left untold for 70 years.

Berlin, 1930s: Bookstore owners Amanda Sternberg is fleeing Nazi Germany with her two young daughters. She arrives in unoccupied France with only one.

I wante
Candace Arnold
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Books that take place during WWII are some of my absolute favorites to read. May we never forget the horrific atrocities committed by Hitler and the German Nazi's. My heart breaks into a million pieces with every new story read but I find them so important to read. I just can't not read them. Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of The Daughter's Tale. This story and these characters will stick with me for a long time.
This is definitely going to
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the second book I’ve tried to read by this author, and it is the same style of writing with descriptive, dry prose. The read is not engaging for me.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, edelweiss
I loved everything about this book. The characters were so real and I felt their pain and joy and their hopefulness. Highly recommend.
Karren  Sandercock
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Armando Lucas Correa for the opportunity to read his new book The Daughter's Tale.
Berlin in 1939 isn't a safe place for Jewish people to live. Life changes quickly for Amanda Sternberg, her husband Julius, and their two daughter's Viera and Lina.
Amanda owns her family book shop, and her husband Julius is a respected cardiologist.
The Germans burn down the book shop and Julius is sent to a concentration camp.
Julius had been worried about his families safety for sometime , h
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The Daughter's Tale is typical of this genre WWII book; and while I enjoyed reading it, I found myself comparing it to other books I've read and my attention wandering, remembering The Alice Network and Lilac Girls. I wanted more of the girl's stories. This is me, not you. I think many will find a story of love, guilt, redemption and a meticulously researched true story.

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BERLIN, 1939. The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shatte
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having visited Oradour-sur-Glare several years ago and seen the awful emptiness and complete waste of lives I was interested in this book as the blurb intermated that it was based on the story.

The author does his homework and I read The German Girl which I enjoyed.

The story is filled with sadness, displacement and bravery and I found myself getting emotional many times.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Christine Moore
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have been reading a lot of WW2 books. This was a great book of the time period. This book is based on a true story. It tells of a mother's desperate struggle to save her daughters during one of the darkest periods in our history. It is a story sacrifice and love. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so incredibly lucky to receive an Advanced Reader’s Edition of this book. I would say it is one of my favorites of all time. I could not control my emotions throughout the story, and the tears would not stop by the end. Correa does such a beautiful job intertwining stories and drama with a little mystery. I am so thankful to say that I was able to enjoy this story early, and when it comes out in May, I encourage everyone to read it. It truly will give you a new perspective on the horrors o ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it just as much as the German Girl.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Great historical fiction story of WW2, with engrossing characters.
Would have been a 5-star rating if not for the somewhat rushed ending.
Thanks, Goodreads giveaways.
Blaire Foote
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book. It was very moving yet still had a sad ending with a little happiness. The sadness well worth the read.
Aislinn Kelly
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Armando Lucas Correa. It tells the story of Amanda's, quest to protect her daughters during WWII. It is a heartbreaking and riveting story that will satisfy historical fiction lovers.

I really enjoyed the first half of the novel, I felt it moved at a good pace and had a strong plot. I found the characters engaging and was interested to see what would happen to them. However, I felt that the author introduced too many characters in the latter part of the novel and the con
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. The author wrote so vividly I could clearly picture my self in the story. I loved the main characters and supporting ones. It was a heartbreaking story of a mother’s love for her daughters and a story about family-family doesn’t have to be just by blood. I didn’t know about the abbey and how it helped save so many children. I do wish I found out how some of the minor characters ended up, but then again three are lots of stories left untold. I did receiv ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
- Your mom would do anything for you, and this book is proof of that. The first third explores the mother-daughter relationship and it’s definitely heartbreaking.
- As with any historical fiction book, you get to learn about real events that took place and I’m glad to learn about the specific stories highlighted here. I truly think books like this help expose the atrocities committed in this war, force us to remember even when we want to forget, and hopefully help us better empathize with other
Angela M Shupe
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Correa is a master storyteller, and for lovers of historical fiction, “The Daughter's Tale” will undoubtedly become a favorite. Correa weaves a heart wrenching, beautiful tale of life and struggle during a particularly devastating event in WWII French history about sacrifices made, and the far-reaching effects of decisions made out of love. After devouring the book in two and a half days, it has become a favorite of mine. Thank you @AtriaBooks for the generous giveaway!
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Armando Lucas Correa is a Cuban writer. He lives in Manhattan with his partner and their three children.

Correa is the recipient of various outstanding achievement awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism.

His book En busca de Emma (In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family) was published by Rayo, Harper Col
“From this dark, cold place, I can hear your heart. I know from memory all its movements. When you are asleep or awake, happy or sad, like today."
"My Amanda, I want you never to forget that we were happy once."
Your Julius”
“She knew well that no matter how the author fashions his char- acters, no matter which words he chooses, it is always the reader who holds the power of interpretation.” 0 likes
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